The Wedding Game

Posted by : foongpc | Thursday, January 29, 2009 | Published in

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Every year during Chinese New Year, it is customary for me to watch a Chinese New Year movie at local cinemas. It is no different this year. As most of my friends are not around as they have gone back to their hometowns, I usually go to the movies with my family members.

It used to be Jackie Chan movies or some Hong Kong comedies last time, but this year, I decided to go for a Singaporean movie called "The Wedding Game". I went with my sister and her two children on the second day of Chinese New Year to GSC at Mid Valley.



I chose to watch this movie for two reasons. First, I am a big fan of Singapore-based Thai director Ekachai Uekrongtham who directed "The Wedding Game". He is famous for his movies "Beautiful Boxer", "Pleasure Factory" and most recently "The Coffin". All his movies were outstanding except perhaps for "The Coffin", which was quite a disappointment for me. You can read my reviews of "The Coffin" here.

Ekachai is also famous for directing Singapore’s longest running musical, "Chang & Eng", which happens to be my favourite musical of all time.


Director Ekachai discussing a scene with Fann and Christopher

The second reason is that I wanted to watch all the hypes surrounding Singaporean actress Fann Wong and her soon to be husband, Singapore-based Malaysian actor, Christopher Lee. This famous couple, with the highest profile in Singapore, is rumoured to be tying the knot on the 9th Sept 2009 (09.09.09) – the number 9 signifies eternity in Chinese. And since we are not likely to get invited to their wedding, this movie will be the closest thing we can get to the real thing!

The story centred on two actors, Jack and Vikki (played by Christopher Lee and Fann Wong respectively) who hated each other, but decided to get married to further their careers and fortunes. This “fake” marriage was actually planned by their respective managers, May (played by Hong Kong actress-singer Alice Lau) and Tom (played by Taiwanese media personality Charles Chen). However, when their secret plan was somehow revealed to the public, things turned chaotic and we get to see all those comedic events that ensued.

Watch the movie trailer here



How did I find the movie? Well, to be honest, it was actually pretty entertaining! I mean the storyline was quite predictable, but I think the two leads, Fann Wong and Christopher Lee have just the right chemistry to pull it off. I would say both their acting were excellent! Fann Wong especially, showed a wide range of emotions in this movie, which I like very much! Christopher Lee was funny, and also shirtless most of the time. I guess his female fans and gay fans will really lap it all up!

The two supporting cast, Alice Lau and Charles Chen (aka. Hei Ren or Blackie) gave good performances too. Alice plays May who pines for Jack and is secretly in love with him, while Charles Chen plays Tom who is gay. As I said, the story is pretty predictable, and there’s no prizes for guessing that Jack and Vikki will eventually fall in love, and Alice will pair up with Tom, who will of course discovers that he is not as “gay” as he thinks!







I like the opening part of the movie where they show the credits and the camera zooming up the wedding cake to reveal the couple figurines which start to fight each other. That very impressive scene made me almost forget this was a made in Singapore movie – it really looked like an American movie!


The couple figurines atop the wedding cake

Alas I did not realize this movie was rated PG13. And my niece and nephew were there watching the entire movie with me and my sister! It was rightly rated as such for I soon realized there were many scenes which were not too suitable for kids.

For instance, the part where May got a little horny seeing Jack naked in the shower, my nephew asked what was wrong with her. I did not reply as I do not know what to say! My sister quickly explained that she (May) was not feeling well. Haha! I could not help laughing!

Another scene was where we see Jack strutting in just his tight shorts. My nephew exclaimed loudly, “Last time daddy wore like that too!” My sister quickly said, “Shhh! Don’t speak so loud!” Haha!

Halfway through the movie, my sister told me she is taking her son out for a walk. I was like, what? why? “He asked too many questions!” was my sister’s reply. “And I’m too embarrassed to answer because he asked so loudly and those sitting at the back and in front could hear.” So I said OK and she brought him out.

They came back in about 10 minutes later. I did not know what my sister taught him in those 10 minutes, but it was damn effective. He did not asked too many questions after that!

"The Wedding Game" also starred a few Malaysian actors, namely Lai Meng of Empat Sekawan fame, who already made a name for herself in Jack Neo’s movies "Money No Enough 2" and "Ah Long Pte Ltd". There’s also Cicakman Saiful Apek and actress Syanie Hisham providing more laughs. And not forgetting model turned actor, Daniel Tan.

The movie was filmed both in Singapore and Melaka. I really like it that the director chose to include scenes from Melaka, which is actually Christopher Lee's hometown in real life.

I also liked the theme song for this movie. It was sang by Christy and Hagen and is based on the famous English wedding song called Ave Maria. Here's the Youtube video for you to enjoy!



Actually, I also like another song in the movie which was sang during the scene when Jack was heartbroken and desperately looking for Vikki after the press conference where Vikki revealed the truth to the media and the public. I wonder if Hagen sang that song too. Anyone knows the title of the song - please let me know.

So my ratings for this movie? I'll give it 3.5 stars out of 5.

In terms of both comedy and drama, it won't be able to beat Jack Neo's "Money No Enough 2".
If you are a fan of either Christopher Lee or Fann Wong or both, you will definitely like this movie. If you are not a fan, you won't be raving about it too much, but it is still an entertaining movie, so go watch it!

(62) Comments

  1. suituapui

    Oh? So that Christopher Lee is out of prison, I see! Chinese people love to get married in the days prior to Chinese New Year, bringing in the daughter-in-law before the big day. Supposed to bring good luck.

    January 29, 2009 at 7:42 AM
  2. My Bug Life said...

    I am gonna say "oh that's her beau"!! Hahha...just wondering who she's seeing...read about it in the papers about some guy by the name of Christopher.

    Is the movie in mandarin? I suppose it is isn't? I don't understand mandarin but if they have subtitles then should be all right.

    January 29, 2009 at 8:02 AM
  3. foongpc said...

    suituapui, yeah he's out of prison for some time already. Well, Chinese people will always do anything for good luck! : )

    my bug life, so now you know! Haha! Yes, this movie is mainly in Mandarin, with some Cantonese and Malay thrown in. I'm not good at Mandarin too but don't worry, they have subtitles : )

    January 29, 2009 at 12:26 PM
  4. Babette said...

    This movie sounds like a movie from the Philippines, light-hearted and funny. My daughter is at the age where she gets embarassed when they show a couple kissing. I just cover her eyes. LOL

    January 29, 2009 at 1:02 PM
  5. Rad Sujanto said...

    lol I've been in Singapore but haven't watched the movie. it's not that I'm not into movies but I'm just not used to updating myself with Chinese movies apart from BoHoHo haha =)

    January 29, 2009 at 3:04 PM
  6. iris said...

    Har? When and why Christopher is jailed? Man, i am so outdated! Enlighten me please

    January 29, 2009 at 3:27 PM
  7. xin said...

    i want to watch this too! i love singaporean production, esp those sitcoms

    January 29, 2009 at 3:37 PM
  8. renaye said...

    i really hope i could watch this movie. i'm so due for a movie in the cinema!!!

    January 29, 2009 at 4:33 PM
  9. QuaChee said...

    yr review is tempting - makes me think maybe i should consider it(?) :)

    January 29, 2009 at 10:55 PM
  10. Angie Tan said...

    Seems funny and interesting... Hehehee.. But I'll read the subtitles since I'm a banana.

    Prefer to watch Alls Wells Ends Well 2009 since I know Canto...

    BTW, GONG XI FA CAI!

    January 30, 2009 at 1:41 AM
  11. foongpc said...

    babette, yeah sometimes it's a little embarrassing watching a movie with children. Especially in the cinema when you need to explain to them and others hear you : )

    rad, what the heck is BoHoHo?

    iris, christopher was jailed for drunk driving in a hit and run accident that involved a motorcyclist and the pillion rider. He was found guilty and jailed for 6 weeks starting in May 2007. You can read more here

    January 30, 2009 at 2:25 AM
  12. foongpc said...

    xin, then you must go watch this one! : )

    renaye, go and watch it! : )

    quachee, you really should watch this! : )

    angie tan, I don't really know Mandarin too, but there are subtitles so it's not a problem : )

    January 30, 2009 at 2:27 AM
  13. Rad Sujanto said...

    oops I mean Bo Bo Ho, famous Chinese movie. you've never heard about it at all? well it was my fave movie when I was very very young.

    Here's a pic of the little fat guy called Bo Bo Ho: http://cover6.cduniverse.com/MuzeVideoArt/Large/45/227045.jpg

    January 30, 2009 at 2:33 AM
  14. foongpc said...

    Oh, Bo Bo Ho! I've forgotten about this movie! : )

    January 30, 2009 at 3:11 AM
  15. wuching said...

    haha good tradition, here every CNY I'll be happy to hear a slight hint of CNY song playing!

    January 30, 2009 at 5:30 AM
  16. Cashmere said...

    I like Fann from the time she was a "rival" to Zoe Tay.. LOL! Anyway, I didn't know "9" means eternity in Chinese.. It's my fave number.. Thanks for the info.. Now I know.. lol! :P

    January 30, 2009 at 6:18 AM
  17. Shionge said...

    Can see that you really enjoyed this movie. I'll wait till it shows on TV now that I get the preview from you ;)

    January 30, 2009 at 8:09 AM
  18. Nick Phillips said...

    I haven't watched a movie in ages ... Must go watch one soon or I'll forget what a cinema looks like ... LOL!

    January 30, 2009 at 11:03 AM
  19. foongpc said...

    wuching, well you can get a CD of CNY songs and play it yourself! : )

    cashmere,you prefer Fann over Zoe Tay? Oh, 9 is your favourite number? Lucky it's a good number, at least to the Chinese : )

    shionge, haha! The good thing about watching it on TV is you'll be in the comfort of your house and it'll be much cheaper : )

    January 30, 2009 at 11:11 AM
  20. foongpc said...

    nick phillips, if you are having a long holiday and nowhere to go, I suggest you go watch a movie today! And if you want to really pamper yourself, go watch at GSC Signature at The Gardens : )

    January 30, 2009 at 11:13 AM
  21. HEALTH NUT WANNABEE MOM said...

    I wish I could see this movie! It sounds like something that I would really like. I love all your reviews of movies and food!

    January 30, 2009 at 11:18 AM
  22. foongpc said...

    health nut wannabee mom, thanks. You would have to rely on its English subtitles to watch it, though : )

    January 30, 2009 at 11:26 AM
  23. Calvin Soo KJ said...

    hello.....thanks for dropping by my blog. drop by often ya. anyways, cny was a lil diff this year coz its my first year having to fork out ang pows, quite a burden especially with all the financial turmoil and stuff. so, stayed home, played my ps3, ate and slept, drinking a helluvalot of beer with buddies, got topsy turvy, got hangover-ed, ate and slept again.....so basically, nothing much happened :P

    January 30, 2009 at 11:28 AM
  24. foongpc said...

    calvin soo, you are welcome! First year giving out angpows? I think I better stay single. LOL!

    January 30, 2009 at 1:57 PM
  25. Life Ramblings said...

    i've alwiz enjoyed watching s'pore movies. most of them can b pretty entertaining and hilarious.

    January 30, 2009 at 5:30 PM
  26. Mariuca said...

    Thanks for dropping by today Foong. I have been really busy lately, as it is I am cooking while bloghopping now ha ha! Happy weekend. :)

    January 30, 2009 at 7:19 PM
  27. Bengbeng said...

    jus to reply yr comment on my blog..the stroke patient is my mother in law. victor is playing a game with dice and at the roll of three dice, if your bets are at the right place,you win otherwise your bets will be taken..something like that :)

    seeing movies with kids can be difficult. benghi has seen only one movie in his life( cinema ) and it was a disaster.i didnt know its rating..

    January 30, 2009 at 7:21 PM
  28. Tekkaus said...

    Actually I knew where they took the film in Malacca! I passed by there almost everyday because it's in my village. =)

    January 30, 2009 at 7:27 PM
  29. victor said...

    Fann Wong.. my Fav actress...

    January 30, 2009 at 9:57 PM
  30. foongpc said...

    life ramblings, yes I love Singaporean movies too! Some are even better than Hong Kong movies!

    mariuca, wow! so busy! You must be good at multitasking! Happy weekend to you too! : )

    bengbeng, thanks for your reply. Sorry about your mother in law - hope she gets well soon. Victor's game is very easy to lose your money - haha! What?! Benghui only watched one movie in the cinema in his life? I'm really surprised!

    tekkaus, oh! So did you catch some glimpses of the stars? : )

    January 30, 2009 at 10:03 PM
  31. foongpc said...

    victor, fann wong is your fav actress? Then you must watch this movie! : )

    January 30, 2009 at 10:04 PM
  32. levian said...

    i haven't exactly catch any Singapore movie ever since the first "money not enough". :p

    January 30, 2009 at 11:25 PM
  33. foongpc said...

    levian, you should go watch this movie cos it's pretty entertaining, but for a really good laugh and good drama, watch Money No Enough 2 - it's excellent! : )

    January 31, 2009 at 12:15 AM
  34. Faisal Admar said...

    omg! i never think white is seductive and now i wanna get myself a white singlet and swimming trunks too! lol.

    maybe i will get a dvd :)

    January 31, 2009 at 8:44 AM
  35. Rad Sujanto said...

    hey I think I'm gonna check out the movie at the cinema today! saw the trailer on tv yesterday and I thought it was quite funny

    January 31, 2009 at 10:02 AM
  36. [SK] said...

    wow, looks like this is a must-watch movie, since you only praise and never criticize at all.. haha :)

    January 31, 2009 at 11:41 AM
  37. Josephine said...

    me and my boy boy enjoyed the movie very much.
    We decided to use the song for our wedding as well!

    January 31, 2009 at 2:23 PM
  38. -eiling- said...

    makes me wanna watch it now...

    January 31, 2009 at 7:40 PM
  39. foongpc said...

    faisal, haha! get yourself a white singlet and a swimming trunks then. Who would you want to seduce? : )

    rad, it's a funny movie alrite, so go watch it! : )

    sk, I did criticize that the plot is rather predictable, but other than that, I guess I mostly praised it. LOL!

    January 31, 2009 at 9:38 PM
  40. foongpc said...

    josephine, when are you and your boy boy getting married? This is definitely a great song for your wedding! :)

    eiling, go watch it! : )

    January 31, 2009 at 9:42 PM
  41. sylvesteR said...

    Yep, sometimes it's hard to explain to small kids, they'll just make you stammer. Anyway happy new year foong^^!!

    February 1, 2009 at 12:27 AM
  42. foongpc said...

    sylvester, haha! Definitely not easy to explain. Happy CNY to you too : )

    February 1, 2009 at 3:13 AM
  43. khengsiong said...

    Ah... gotta get a DVD ;)

    February 1, 2009 at 12:00 PM
  44. Neo said...

    Waiting for the DVD just like Khengsiong! :)

    February 1, 2009 at 3:25 PM
  45. foongpc said...

    khengsiong & neo, yeah go get the DVD. Cheaper than watching at cinemas too! : )

    February 1, 2009 at 5:43 PM
  46. Faisal Admar said...

    haha cannot tell. it won't be a surprise if i tell :P

    February 1, 2009 at 9:09 PM
  47. foongpc said...

    faisal, wah! why so secretive? Well, hope you'll be able to blog about it one day with a photo of you in white singlet and swimming trunks. Haha! : )

    February 1, 2009 at 11:01 PM
  48. Faisal Admar said...

    alamak! i guess the readers will run away! :(

    February 1, 2009 at 11:25 PM
  49. foongpc said...

    haha! If the readers all run away, then your seduction plan will definitely fail. A good way to test out your plan before you implement it! LOL!

    February 1, 2009 at 11:52 PM
  50. dead_cockroach said...

    I've watched Chang & Eng the musical too! I've even brought the CD and I knew how to sing every song in the soundtrack!

    February 2, 2009 at 8:29 PM
  51. foongpc said...

    Wow! dead_cockroach, you and I must be diehard fans of Chang & Eng! I bought the CD too, but not as good as you - can't sing every song in it, though enjoy all the songs! I hope they will stage it again in Istana Budaya. What the heck, even if they stage it at The Esplanade in Singapore, I will fly to Singapore and watch it there! : )

    February 2, 2009 at 8:44 PM
  52. jam said...

    I watched the movie too. But I dun like it. I like another Hong Kong movie (forget the title).

    February 2, 2009 at 9:41 PM
  53. foongpc said...

    jam, you don't? Well, to each his own : )

    February 2, 2009 at 10:28 PM
  54. iamthewitch said...

    I know! It's Song from a Secret Garden by Secret Garden.

    March 2, 2009 at 8:40 AM
  55. foongpc said...

    Oops, iamthewitch! I found your lost comment here! It's at the wrong post! Looking at the time, you are indeed the earliest to give the correct answer! OK, do you have Sakae Sushi in Penang? Will mail you a RM10 voucher to dine in Sakae Sushi. Pls email me your address to mvfblog@gmail.com

    March 5, 2009 at 12:58 PM
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    Can someone tell me where the places they visited while they were trying to know more about one another are at? For instance, where is that lighthouse? and where is that museum/gallery that they went to with Chinese characters on the floor?

    Thanks

    May 16, 2009 at 6:11 AM
  57. foongpc said...

    anonymous, I really have no idea! Anyone knows pls respond! : )

    May 19, 2009 at 2:52 AM
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